My Brother's Keeper? at The Playground Theatre London
Quick witted, moving and remarkably funny Nigel William's Black comedy My Brother's Keeper? highlights the struggles of dealing with the potential loss of a family member whilst overcoming past grievances and familial strains.

Following a severe stroke, seventy-four-year-old actor Mr Stone lies dying in a near-empty hospital ward. His two sons, Tony and Sam, together again after several years must try to reconcile their fractured family over their dying father's hospital bed before it's too late.They confront each other, their past and the imminent loss of their father.

The play explores the complexities of adult fraternal bonds, where shared childhoods and personal histories work as hard to repel as they do to bind, and poses the question of whether the shared love of a dying father can overcome the damage done. 

This play is a terrific exploration of family conflict that we can all relate to, it highlights how repressed anger and jealously can unwittingly affect our relationships and how easy it is to hurt those we truly love.

Andy De La Tour as Mr Stone  brings to life a difficult character struggling with his own impending death and acts as a catalyst to the entire narrative of the play. Supported by stellar performances from Josh Taylor as Tony Stone and David Partridge as Sam Stone who together bring to life the angst, anger and past grievances of two brothers who seemingly feel at war with one another, one as a realist and one as a romantic and who throughout the play address their own strained relationship in order to meet on mutual grounds and support their family.

Katherine Pogson as Mrs Stone brings vulnerability and also the strength that only a mother can project to the stage as the matriarch who is trying to simultaneously attempt to keep her family together, and deal with the potential loss of a life partner.
William Reay as Terry and Richard James Lawler as Mr Pittorini a stroke victim act as much needed comedy relief throughout.

The set design by Maddie Whiffin accompanied by lighting by Chris Withers and Sound by Benjamin Grant evoke the feeling of being but a fly on the wall in one of Britains fading NHs funded hospitals, and highlights the ongoing problems the system faces.

This is truly a beautiful show with content that every audience member can relate to, and brings home the reality that death truly does unite people. Highly Highly recommend seeing this show.

The shows Running  at the Playground Theatre, London until the 23rd  of March.

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